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Notes from ESC's great debate
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/29/2010   Post a comment
One Embedded Systems Conference event that definitely lived up to its billing was the debate between Jim Turley and Clive "Max" Maxfield about embedded versus discrete processors. The event was, as advertised, both entertaining and informative.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
4/29/2010   Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
Opinion: Palm won't give HP helping hand anytime soon
4/29/2010   6 comments
Hewlett-Packard's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm could result in a winning combination but it will require one key ingredient—time, and lots of it.
ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices
4/28/2010   2 comments
A growing set of nano-scale devices are emerging from the lab that someday will power handheld devices that can provide custom health care advice by marrying novel bioengineering components with existing computer and consumer technologies, said Luke P. Lee, professor of bioengineering at a talk at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Motor control gets tangible attention at ESC, and an award
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2010   Post a comment
Sophisticated embedded designs tackle motion control, and at relatively low cost
Avoid Silicon Valley becoming a 'rust belt'
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2010   Post a comment
The fallout from the global recession, massive fragmenting of the value chain, the rise of a more diverse world economy and new sales and distribution models have created tough challenges for semiconductor companies when it comes to understanding and predicting demand for their chips and managing their supply chains.
ESC keynoter Kaku beams audience back to the future
4/27/2010   2 comments
Physicist Michio Kaku, keynote speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, offered his audience a feast of futurism, predicting extraordinary advances in medical technology, and science-fiction turned reality in areas like teleportation, invisibility and molecule-size computers.
ESC SV, Day -1
4/25/2010   Post a comment
The excitement of ESC hasn't yet begin, but the pre-show buzz is astounding.
Living untethered brings new problems, solutions
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/23/2010   1 comment
The freedom of wireless connectivity spurs creative answers to problems we didn't have in the bad old days of "wired"
Power packaging news is good news for designers
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2010   Post a comment
Common, standardized MOSEFT packaging among various vendors is a win-win, mostly--but not necessarily
Opinion: Why everyone loves Pasquale Pistorio
4/22/2010   9 comments
Pistorio Pasquale, the honorary chairman of STMicroelectronics, will be next week in San Jose, Calif., to receive the Life Time Achievement Award at the EE Times' Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony.
A fork in the road to 28-nm FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx and Altera may both be using TSMC for manufacturing at the 28-nm node, but the two companies have selected different manufacturing processes, at least for high-end products.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2010   7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Enchanted journey in blues
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2010   Post a comment
The Kyoto Prize recognizes global achievement in a number of disciplines, including science, engineering, philosophy and the arts.
Opinion: 3-D TV can't make your kids sick. . . can it?
4/20/2010   6 comments
In almost all cases, factors that influence eye strain, nausea or headache in 3-D viewing are neither 3-D displays nor 3-D glasses. But they are [related to] content creation, post-production and mastering processes used in 3-D video production. Here's a three-step plan to prevent 3-D disaster.
Multicore processor selection: A method to the madness
4/20/2010   Post a comment
Half-day tutorial sheds light on the art and science of selecting an embedded processor.
Panel to explore real-world challenges of multicore debug
4/19/2010   Post a comment
Multicore software developers share their experiences at the Multicore Expo.
Happy birthday to Algol, and is the Agile hype over?
4/19/2010   8 comments
You may be more familiar with Algol than you realize.
Is the smart power strip a sign of "smart grid" things to come? (plus, an urelated blog correction)
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2010   Post a comment
The smart grid promises so much, maybe too much, as this project indicates
Comment: Has Intel's Android move wrong-footed Microsoft?
4/16/2010   3 comments
The news that Intel has got the Android mobile software stack from Google running on Atom-based smartphone designs as well as being important in its own right, could also be a sign of a break in the log-jam over Big Windows and ARM processors.
Multicore Expo: Panel to challenge the state-of-the-art in parallelization
4/15/2010   2 comments
Don't look for the Silver Bullet to remove software complexities of multicore.
Needed: A U.S. space strategy for reaching Mars
4/14/2010   4 comments
As he prepares to visit Florida's Space Coast, President Obama must lay out a national strategy for U.S. manned exploration of Mars and the solar system.
Find out EDA startups on EE Times' Silicon 60 list!
4/14/2010   Post a comment
The EE Times List of 60 Emerging Startups has been updated to version 10.0. It includes 21 new startups.
Point/Counterpoint: The future of U.S. manned spaceflight
4/14/2010   20 comments
We present a debate on the future direction of U.S. manned spaceflight, where to go next and how to get there.
Fly me to the Moon..and then on to Mars
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2010   1 comment
Former astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan urged President Barack Obama to reconsider what they warn would be "devastating" new policies for the future of NASA.
Are home base stations the answer?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/10/2010   2 comments
Making "their" cellular-access problem into "your" Internet connection shows engineers and work-arounds in action.
AC versus DC power distribution: the pendulum swings
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/10/2010   6 comments
As technology changes and needs change, once-discarded approaches can become viable, again
Is EDA innovating enough?
4/9/2010   5 comments
Much has been written and said about the travails of the EDA industry. Some industry leaders are shrinking in size and losing money. The industry as a whole is not growing and prospects are not promising. Part of the problem can be explained by the fact that we are just coming out of one of the worst recessions in history that has impacted most industries. Yet, most observers agree that the industry's struggles can't be explained by the economy alone.
A stellar lineup will discuss all aspects of intelligent motor control
4/9/2010   Post a comment
EE Times' latest virtual conference covers the topic of motor control with an all-star cast.
Porsche, BMW and the cutting edge of car design
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/8/2010   4 comments
A new exhibition in Atlanta highlights the Golden Age of auto design.
Email: Google PowerMeter not altruistic, just ahead of the game
4/8/2010   Post a comment
A reader makes the point that standards come in different forms at various stages in a technology's evolution driven by the economic conditions around its introduction. He considers Google is not being altruistic with their proposed PowerMeter, even if the company thinks it is.
NetFPGA design contest
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/7/2010   Post a comment
Stanford University's NetFPGA program is holding a design contest, asking design teams to produce a working implementation employing any hardware and software design methodology and targeting the NetFPGA development platform.
Small motor control efficiency gains deliver big energy savings
4/7/2010   Post a comment
Virtual Conference Keynote Address details global energy usage to power motors.
Cardboard packaging doubles as record player
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/7/2010   5 comments
Designed as a marketing piece, a direct mail promo made from corrugated cardboard and containing a 45-rpm record converts into a functional record player.
Do we know our audience?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/6/2010   Post a comment
EE Times editor-in-chief Junko Yoshida is looking for moderators who can help with new message boards on EE It's all in the vein of getting to "know your audience".
The global village comes to the new EE Times
4/6/2010   6 comments
By engaging more closely with our readers, we hope to foster a real engineering community that serves the needs of all its members.
Join the Conversation: Are you ready for IPv6?
4/5/2010   Post a comment
The pool of available Internet Protocol addresses could run out before the end of 2011 under today's IPv4 software, prompting a widening circle of companies and organizations to press for support for Internet Protocol version 6 in anything connected to the Net.
ESC: Is the smart grid a little too smart for your own good?
4/5/2010   11 comments
The smart grid promises worthwhile energy savings as well as market opportunity for our industry, but it has some potential privacy and compulsive issues, as well.
ESC asks: is the smart grid a little too smart for your own good?
Power DesignLine Blog  
4/5/2010   1 comment
The smart grid promises worthwhile energy savings as well as market opportunity for our industry, but it has some potential privacy and compulsive issues, as well.
Dealing with wires in a wireless world
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/3/2010   3 comments
Even if you are living the "wireless" life, you need to manage the inevitable wires, cables, and cords
Keep alternative energy engineering clean: from politics
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
4/1/2010   6 comments
We were brainstorming on ideas for the up-coming EETimes Digital Edition on Alternative Energy (mark your calendar: it debuts June 7th) and I realized after just a few minutes that it's really hard to discuss Alternative Energy without raising political hackles, no matter how much you try and focus on the engineering aspects.
Comment: Scaling, collaboration are keys to maintaining U.S. cleantech edge
4/1/2010   Post a comment
Scaling existing technologies and collaboration among industry, gvernment and universities is the best way for the U.S. to maintain its edge in clean-energy technology.

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